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Definition of Wanton


  1. Untrained; undisciplined; unrestrained; hence, loose; free; luxuriant; roving; sportive.
  2. Wandering from moral rectitude; perverse; dissolute.
  3. Specifically: Deviating from the rules of chastity; lewd; lustful; lascivious; libidinous; lecherous.
  4. Reckless; heedless; as, wanton mischief.
  5. A roving, frolicsome thing; a trifler; -- used rarely as a term of endearment.
  6. One brought up without restraint; a pampered pet.
  7. A lewd person; a lascivious man or woman.
  8. To rove and ramble without restraint, rule, or limit; to revel; to play loosely; to frolic.
  9. To sport in lewdness; to play the wanton; to play lasciviously.
  10. To cause to become wanton; also, to waste in wantonness.

Wanton Quotations

As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.
William Shakespeare

War means blind obedience, unthinking stupidity, brutish callousness, wanton destruction, and irresponsible murder.
Alexander Berkman

Indeed, I was so afraid to dishonour my friends and family by my indiscreet actions, that I rather chose to be accounted a fool, than to be thought rude or wanton.
Margaret Cavendish

A little wanton money, which burned out the bottom of his purse.
Thomas More

Wanton killing of innocent civilians is terrorism, not a war against terrorism.
Noam Chomsky
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